09-12-2012, 04:42 AM
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Don't be bummed at all when you bounce around...you are new to this!! It took me two years to learn the canter motion well, so now I can have a glued butt to any horse...and sitting trot took me three years to learn!
For sitting trot I actually needed a bareback lesson...I suppose I could feel the horse's movements better and had no choice but to swing those hips! The only way I can describe it is with every trot "beat" you have to "push" forward with your butt. If you feel like you can be balanced enough I would really recommend a bareback lesson!
The canter clicked for me when I rode the same horse two days per week, I found it easier that way, I just eventually got it. Again it's a swinging/pushing motion, you just have to get the timing right!
For stirrup length, take your feet out of your stirrups and let your legs hang. The base of the stirrup iron should hit your ankle bone. This is sort of rule of thumb for flatwork.